(uplifting music) – Play is absolutely essential for children. – It’s how children learn about colours,
textures, the world around them. – It makes them happy, it makes them involved, it makes them feel loved. – It can be fairly challenging for disabled and non-disabled children
to play together. Your child needs the extra support. – There are a lot of things that
disabled and non-disabled children can play with together without really any, or with very little adaptation needed.
– Everyone thinks it’s dead complicated but it isn’t. Scope has a set of online guidelines for inclusive play that is accessible and free for all. – You can use different size brushes, you can get sponges with handles. Other children could just be finger painting or making hand prints. For a lot of the things that you find around the house I would say there’s little adaptation needed for them to be able to play together. So if they’re playing with pots and pans, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re disabled or not. I know my kids, we got a new washing machine just before Christmas and all they’ve played with since Christmas, is the box. We’re making musical shakers. There’s lots of different ways you can adapt it according to the abilities of the children that you’re playing with. – They chose pasta because it’s easier for the children to manipulate and hold. The split peas are ideal for children
who need a little bit more challenging. ‘Right everybody, would you like to make some puppets?’ ALL: Yay! – Watching kids play is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever come across. – Just the best feeling in the world now when we see him playing with other children. – The baby giggles that you get really do melt your heart. – Even the smallest little step is just great. I love it.